Friday, March 4, 2011
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Author: Robert Goolrick
Recommended To: Poisoners, Repliers to Personal Ads.
Okay, you know how Barnes and Noble or Borders ropes you in with those buy fifteen get one free deals, that aren't really a good deal because you can get it all cheaper on Amazon anyway? I'm sorry to say, but that is what happened to me with A Reliable Wife.
The back of the book sounded so interesting, but evidently the snippet writer didn't actually read the book, or sugar coated the story into a few sentence blurb.
The problem with this book is that it had such potential. A man writes a personal ad for a "reliable wife," gets a picture of an ordinary woman and sends her money to come live with him in Wisconsin. She comes, but she is a different woman than the one in the picture and had all sorts of secrets in her past including a very shady gentleman who in a spoiler twist turns out to be the son of the ad-writer. This book sounds great right? Wrong-o.
If this book was well written, didn't have all of the ridiculous sex scenes and dream sequences, and wasn't so damn repetitive, then it would have been a great book. Unfortunately, this book lacked/had all of those things and the characters that could have been interesting fell totally flat.
I don't mind sex scenes in books - but this seemed like the sex in this book was geared towards men and that is certainly not how this book was marketed. I think any book with the word "wife" in the title is an immediate turn off for a male reader. But, the writing in this book shouldn't appeal to anyone. It was strange, repetitive, and warrants a D+ rating.